Different Types of Child Custody
Joint legal custody means that both parents have an equal voice in their child's life when major issues regarding the health, education, and general welfare of the child need to be made. In other words, the parents must consult each other and agree on these issues.
Sole legal custody means that only one parent decides all issues regarding the health, education, and general welfare of their child. In situations where one parent has sole legal custody that parent will also have physical custody.
Physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child lives with on a day-to-day basis. There also exists the concept of shared custody which is a situation where a child resides in both parents homes on an equal or nearly equal basis.